Food is more expensive because it's getting more expensive to make food

Sep 14, 2022
Farmers are paying more for equipment and supplies. Drought in the Great Plains has hurt corn and wheat. The Ukraine war also plays a role.
Extreme drought has hurt corn production in the U.S. this year.
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If gas prices are falling, why aren't things cheaper?

Sep 14, 2022
Gas influences how a lot of things cost – but there are other factors behind rising prices.
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Food banks see a surge in demand as food inflation hits low-income families

Sep 12, 2022
In July, the cost of food at grocery stores was up 13% annually. An Oregon nonprofit is serving nearly twice as many clients as before the pandemic.
People wait in line at a food bank in Oakland, California. High inflation has driven demand at food banks nationwide.
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Workers are picking up extra jobs just to pay for daily necessities

Aug 8, 2022
More people in the United States are working two full-time jobs than ever before, says Lauren Kaori Gurley of The Washington Post.
"Most people who have the ability to work from home are probably making a little bit more money, whereas the people who were risking their lives and people who are bus drivers or people who are health care workers are really feeling the pinch right now," says Lauren Kaori Gurley of The Washington Post.
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Global food prices reach all-time high

Apr 8, 2022
The United Nations’ index of global food prices rose 12.6% in March, increasing the risk of hunger in the developing world.
In Egypt, the government subsidized bread so much that it costs consumers less than the value of the grain it's made with, leading to waste.
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How much your bills have gone up depends a lot on where you live

We zoomed in on the cities where inflation has risen the most and the least.
Food prices were up 6.3% in December from the same period a year earlier, according to the most recent consumer price index.
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How companies disguise rising food prices

Jul 20, 2021
Manufacturers and retailers change packaging and use displays and discounts to distract from higher costs.
The cost of food has gone up, but grocers and manufacturers sometimes use tactics that make price jumps less noticeable.
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Grocers are stockpiling, but that probably won't ease the pain of rising prices

Jul 7, 2021
High labor costs and supply shortages could spell higher prices at the checkout lane.
As grocers stockpile food and dry goods, storage costs might be passed on to consumers.
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Which rose first: the price of chicken or corn?

May 11, 2021
Food commodity prices have been rising steadily over the past several months, leading to an ever-more-expensive supply chain.
Animals that eat pricier corn are now costing more per head, like chickens. Plus, people have been eating more chicken during the pandemic.
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Global food prices hit 3-year high

Jan 7, 2021
Supermarkets don’t have much leeway to absorb higher food costs, so they're quickly passed on to consumers.
Mostly empty supermarket shelves at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Food prices have climbed as the U.S. economy struggles to recover from the recession.
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